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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS
Wednesday, June 11, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 12-11 (0-3)*
Kings: 15-9 (3-0)*
*Record in the playoffs (record in the series)
The Rangers will face off against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blueshirts trail the best-of-seven series, three games to none, following the Kings’ 3-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night at MSG. New York enters the contest with a 225-244-8 record all-time in 477 playoff contests (126-94-2 at home; 99-150-6 on the road).
The Rangers entered the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS – RANGERS vs. KINGS
The Rangers and Kings are meeting in the playoffs for the third time, and the first time since the Preliminary Round in 1981. The Rangers have posted a 2-0 playoff series record against Los Angeles, and are 5-4 all-time in nine playoff contests against the Kings following Game 3. New York is facing Los Angeles for the first time in the Stanley Cup Final.
STANLEY CUP HISTORY
The Rangers are playing in the Stanley Cup Final for the 11th time in franchise history, and for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1994. New York has posted a 4-6 series record in the Stanley Cup Final, and is 22-31 all-time in 53 Stanley Cup Final contests following Game 3.
RANGERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):
• All-Time: 66-44-16-1 overall (37-19-6-0 at home; 29-25-10-1 on the road)
• 2013-14: New York was 1-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) this season. Both contests were separated by two goals or less, and the Rangers held the Kings to one goal in each of the two games. Brad Richards led all skaters with two goals, while Rick Nash led the team and was tied for first among all skaters with two assists. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-1-0 record with a 1.01 GAA and a .966 SV% in the two contests.
• New York was 20-17-4 at home during the regular season (6-5 in the playoffs); Los Angeles was 23-14-4 on the road (8-5 in the playoffs)
• New York lists two former Kings on its roster: Brian Boyle (2007-08 – 2008-09); Daniel Carcillo (2013-14)
• Los Angeles lists one former Ranger on its roster: Marian Gaborik (2009-10 – 2012-13)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):
• Henrik Lundqvist – 8 GP, 3-4-1, 2.47 GAA
• Rick Nash – 35 GP, 15-16—31
• Brad Richards – 26 GP, 9-20—29
• Martin St. Louis – 15 GP, 6-9—15
• Dan Girardi – 8 GP, 0-3 —3
• Power Play: The Rangers were 0-6 (11:58) in Game 3 vs. Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are 11th in the NHL overall (12-95, 12.6%), and are 15th at home (3-44, 6.8%) in the playoffs. New York has allowed two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/7 vs. PIT (Sutter); 5/17 at MTL (Eller). The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in six of their last 12 games (9-51; 17.6%). New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and 24th at home (20-132, 15.2%) in the regular season.
• Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 3-4 (6:57) in Game 3 vs. Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are third in the NHL overall (65-76, 85.5%), and are tied for seventh at home (30-35,85.7%) in the playoffs. The Rangers are 52-57 (91.2%) on the penalty kill over the last 17 games and 44-48 (91.7%) over the last 14 games. The Blueshirts have recorded two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/25 vs. MTL (Hagelin); 6/4 at LAK (Hagelin). New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and sixth at home (89-105,84.8%) in the regular season.
• Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/allow a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:02) in Game 3 vs. Los Angeles. The Rangers are -1 in 28 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (33:05), allowing a goal in Game 3 at PHI on 4/22 (Streit). The Blueshirts were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26) in the regular season.
BACKS AGAINST THE WALL
The Rangers have won 10 of their last 12 games when facing elimination, dating back to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 23, 2012 at Ottawa. The Blueshirts have also won seven straight contests when facing elimination at MSG, dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 1, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers’ seven-game winning streak at home when facing elimination is tied for the NHL record. The only other NHL teams to win seven consecutive home games when facing elimination were Detroit (twice; from 1934-1940 and 1949-1955), and Montreal (1941-1950).
The Rangers have won 15 of their last 24 playoff home games, dating to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2012 vs. Ottawa. Entering the Stanley Cup Final, the Blueshirts have won at least one home game in 14 straight playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2007 against Atlanta.
Henrik Lundqvist has established numerous franchise and league records during the regular season and playoffs this year. Lundqvist became the Rangers’ all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa, and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. Lundqvist appeared in his 77th career playoff game in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Finals on May 5 vs. Pittsburgh, passing Mike Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff appearances list. The Rangers goalie set an NHL record with his fifth consecutive win in a Game 7 on May 13 against Pittsburgh. Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots he faced in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29 to record his 42nd career playoff win and his ninth career playoff shutout. With the victory, Lundqvist passed Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff wins list and tied Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff shutouts list. The Rangers goalie appeared in his 90th career playoff game in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday. Lundqvist is the 13th goalie in NHL history to appear in 90 playoff games with one team, and is the second Ranger (skater or goalie) to appear in 90 playoff games with the organization (Walt Tkaczuk – 93).
Lundqvist has posted a 10-2 record, along with a 1.32 GAA, a .957 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 12 games when the Rangers have faced elimination … and a 7-0 record, along with a 0.98 GAA, a .967 SV%, and 2 SO in his last seven games when the Rangers have faced elimination at home
Ryan McDonagh has tallied a point in seven of the last nine games (three goals, 10 assists), and posted a five-game assist/point streak from May 25 vs. Montreal to June 7 at Los Angeles (one goal, six assists). McDonagh was the first Rangers defensemen to register a five-game assist streak in the playoffs since James Patrick from Apr. 23, 1992 at New Jersey to May 1, 1992 vs. New Jersey. McDonagh was also the first Rangers defenseman to record a five-game point streak in the playoffs since Sergei Zubov from May 14, 1995 at Quebec to May 24, 1995 vs. Philadelphia. The Rangers’ 2013-14 MVP is tied for first among all defensemen in the NHL in assists (12) and ranks second among NHL defensemen in points (16) in the playoffs. McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to record at least four goals in one playoff year since Brian Leetch registered six in the 1995 playoffs. He is also tied for fifth in franchise history in assists in one playoff year, and ranks third in franchise history in points by a defenseman in one playoff year.
The Rangers have outscored the Kings, 4-2, in the first period during the Stanley Cup Final, and have outscored their opponents, 16-6, in the first period over the last 12 games. New York has notched at least one goal in the first period in 10 of the last 12 contests, and has recorded two goals in the first period of a game in six contests during the stretch. The Blueshirts have outscored their opponents, 25-12, in the first period during the playoffs this year, and their plus-13 goal differential is tied for the best any team has in one period in the playoffs.
The Blueshirts played four games that were decided in overtime over a six-game stretch from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 23 vs. Montreal to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 7 at Los Angeles. Each of the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final went to overtime. It was the first time the Rangers have played two games that were decided in overtime in the first two contests of a playoff series since Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Philadelphia on May 21-May 22, 1995. New York has tied a franchise-record with five overtime games in one playoff year (1979, 2012). The Blueshirts played four overtime games in a six-game span for the first time in one playoff year, and for the first time since they played four overtime games in a five-game span from Mar. 22, 1938 vs. the NY Americans to Mar. 23, 1939 at Boston.
Nine different Rangers have tallied at least 10 points in the playoffs this year. It is the first time in franchise history that nine Blueshirts have recorded at least 10 points in one playoff year.
INJURIES (19 Man-Games Lost – Playoffs):
• Cam Talbot – injured – 3
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